Happy Monday, internet friends!
Who else has that dragging Monday feel? 🙂 The better the weekend, the worse the Monday AMIRIGHT?!
My awesome boss let everyone off at noon on Friday for Good Friday, and Preston was already off (he has every other Friday off.) So we had an unexpected day together for lunch on the river with friends, shopping, a visit to my parents to see their new camping trailer, and a little date night! More errands and lots of lazing on Saturday. And yesterday I finally took some friends up to Amador for some wine tasting. So it was a pretty fantastic weekend.
What did y’all do?!
Okay, okay. Time for this fantastic sesame herb crusted salmon recipe. One of our weekend errands was a trip to Costco, which now usually includes an obligatory giant salmon fillet purchase. I am THRILLED that a lovely friend made some Costco salmon for me and Preston and raved about how she doesn’t buy salmon anywhere else. It is THE BEST. Preston normally doesn’t even like salmon, but he’ll eat Costco salmon 😉
So we snagged a giant fillet and I planned to cover it in some kind of herbs. As I pulled everything out of the fridge that sounded good I realized (surprise, surprise) that I was pulling very Vietnamese flavors… lemongrass, ginger, garlic, cilantro, chili pepper. SOLD.
We also found a $4 bag of Asian chopped salad at Costco that paired perfectly with this sesame herb crusted salmon. It was such an easy dinner. The hardest part was just finely mincing herbs – but honestly, you could throw all the flavor components in a little food processor if you have one and cut the already-minimal prep time in half.
Time for the recipe!
- 1 T miso paste
- 1 T sesame oil
- 1 t grated lemongrass
- 1 t grated ginger
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 1/2 t sesame seeds (I used black because that's what I had and they're beautiful!!)
- 1/2 t chili paste (or 1 small chili pepper)
- 2 T fresh cilantro, minced
- 1 scallion, minced
- 1 whole salmon fillet
- juice of 1 lime
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- For the sesame herb paste, either combine all finely minced ingredients, or just combine in a small food processor.
- Pat salmon fillet dry and spread evenly with the sesame herb mixture. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, until fully cooked.
- Just before serving, squeeze a little lime juice on top.